She Cut Me From Ganna
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This project involves an embodied practice of healing through craft that speaks of hands, emotions, spirituality, and of women who resisted indentured labour during colonial Fiji. As a female descendent of indenture, I undertake my responsibility to build counter-narratives for my female ancestors. My project explores how textile narratives can stitch and thread together active forms of love, care and hope that function as a contemporary form of resistance to the present-day realities of existing under neo-colonialism. This project also seeks to develop textile methods that challenge the colonial occupation of knowledge that pertains to the history of women’s bodily and mental experience of indentured labour in Fiji. The central methodology in my project arrests the value and significance of craft as a language, identity and hope through the inter-generational love shared between myself and the women in my life.